Today is Earth Day – an annual event designed to raise awareness of the environment and protection of our planet – this year the focus is on Ending Plastic Pollution
Plastic Clean up from the Ocean
People come together to celebrate this stunning planet and show support for protecting the environment – everything from simple local clean up to the addressing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the area that is three times the size of France and now bigger than Alaska that accumulates high concentrations of marine debris especially plastic
That Ocean Cleanup is working on deploying “System 001”
to remove the debris founded by Boyen Slat who was just 16 years old when he came up with the idea to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (consisting largely of plastics) floating between California and Hawaii in just five years—and 90 percent of accumulated ocean plastic by 2040. You can see his TedX Talk here
The good news is there have been some exciting new developments with a potential breakthrough in the discovery of an enzyme that can digest plastic that is commonly found polluting our environment.
But what can you do?
Personal Incremental Earth Day Suggestions
- In the spirit of celebrating Earth Day and focusing on the environment ,I offer up several suggestions, any one of which will bring health benefits to you but will also have a positive impact on the environment
Walk and exercise – in fact ,build it in to your routine by riding your bike or using public transportation and walking to get to work.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator to save energy and get exercise
Reduce your meat consumption – cut out meat one day a week
Grow your own organic garden – you’ll get exercise and great food
Buy locally-sourced in season food at nearby Farmers Market
And some other incremental steps you could take that will benefit the environment and could be easy to take on
- Use reusable bottles for water and reusable mugs for coffee
Bring reusable bags when you shop
Pack your lunch in a reusable bag
We are Living on this planet as if we had another one to go to
The better we treat our body, the better it will serve us and for longer
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